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NOAA Debunks Lightning's Connection to Cell Phones


June 26, 2006


Contrary to recent media reports, NOAA lightning experts state that lightning is not attracted to people carrying cell phones.

"Cell phones, small metal items, jewelry, etc., do not attract lightning. Nothing attracts lightning. Lightning tends to strike taller objects," said John Jensenius, a NOAA National Weather Service lightning expert. "People are struck because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. The wrong place is anywhere outside. The wrong time is anytime a thunderstorm is nearby."

(National Weather Service: June 23, 2006)



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